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Wife of man accused of hiring hit man to kill business partner: 'He was joking'

Posted: Updated: June 13, 2013 09:40 PM
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A Portland man is behind bars after attempting to hire a hit man to kill his business partner at the Stop N Go Market in SE Portland.

Police arrested 49-year-old Mohdsidek Habibullah Wednesday afternoon after learning about the alleged plot.

Court documents reveal the target of the murder plot, Mohammed Absar, tried to sever all business ties with the suspect multiple times this year.

Habibullah was allegedly angry about that, and it appears to be the motivation behind the attack.

"I'm feeling very bad, no good," said his wife Salia Habibullah. "I have four kids, and we have no money, nothing. My husband is a very nice guy, seven days work, my husband (is a) very nice guy, not bad people."

Court documents reveal Mohdsidek Habibullah's intentions were clear when he approached a man, identified only as an informant, and asked him to kill Mohammed Absar.

A former employee of Habibullah's says tensions between the two had been building, but he would have never expected this.

"Mohammed would forget to do stuff in the store, and Mohdsidek would get mad and yell, ‘Why won't you do it,' and he'd say ‘I do do it but you have a separate way,' you know," said former employee Kevin Tardy.

Tardy never formally worked for the Stop N Go Market, but tells FOX 12 that Mohdsidek Habibullah would sometimes pay him to do odd jobs around the property, like sweeping the driveway.

"I'm just completely stunned. My mind is blown, and I was speechless for 10 minutes when I found out," Tardy said. "Of all of the people, I would never believe a sweet guy like that could do this."

Court documents say the informant quoted Habibullah a price to kill Absar, but he thought the amount was too high and instead said he would kill Absar himself.

He then offered the informant $1,100 to help him buy a car and a gun to kill Absar on Tuesday or Wednesday of this week, according to court documents.

Instead, the informant tipped Absar off to the plot, and they both went to police.

Detectives placed a wire on the informant, and recorded Habibullah saying that he tried to kill his business partner on Tuesday, but he couldn't find the key to the car, and he wanted that car to transport and dispose of Absar's body.

He then said he wanted to try again on Wednesday, and that's when detectives moved in, according to court documents.

Still, even after hearing about the recording, Salia Habibullah says her husband had to have been kidding.

"My husband is joking, he no kill people, nobody kill. Mohammed is lying," said Salia Habibullah.

Detectives searched Habibullah's car Thursday and found black clothes, gloves and a ski mask.

No one from the Absar family home wanted to comment on the situation.

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